Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#WINTERPALOOZA Expo

In the last post, I mentioned the Winter Palooza event. We had so much fun!
I took two nieces
who were totally excited about seeing princesses, 
having balloon animals made for them, 
and playing with the latest girly toys on the market.
I also took 2 boys who I babysit who loved the food,
climbing walls,
and super heroes.
It was a lot of fun for the entire family (and our babysitting group). Check out the Utah Kids Club for the next fun event.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

WINTER PALOOZA UTAH


ATTENTION UTAH FRIENDS:
I'm babysitting this weekend so guess what we are going to do for fun to earn the best babysitter EVER title...
we're headed to Winter Palooza.
Winter Palooza is this Saturday at the South Towne Expo Center.

Utah Kids Club has included all of this in the price of your ticket:
Bounce Houses, rockwall, rappeling ropes course, laser tag arena,  laser tag dome, mechanical bull, human wrecking ball (watch out Miley Cyrus), 2 man ferris wheel
Nail Staion for all the little ladies and their moms, bubble balls, jungle jumparoo, strider bike course, rustic mountain art classes, drum bus, party game express, game trailer, and a 30 foot sand trailer.
PLUS
There's FREE glitter tattoos, face painting, and henna body art and 
PHOTO OPPS with
Snow (Frozen) Princesses, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Captain America, Thor, and Ironman.
You can meet ALL of the Avengers and Princesses!

The stage line up includes:
live animal shows from Creature Encounters, Scales and Tails Reptiles, fun puppet shows from Kipper Brothers Puppeteers, U of U Break Dance Club (with demo's and instruction), Tracy Aviary "Build A Bird" activity, magic shows, juggling performances, and more.

Don't miss the biggest party of the year at South Towne Expo Center.
Saturday, January 24, 10am-8pm
9575 S State State, Sandy, Utah 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PASTRY BANDITS

I discovered a new place for sweet, local treats.
Provo Bakery - where a muffin top is a good thing.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BIRTHDAY DOG

 Words that get her tail wagging are: go, walk, treat, outside, park, and gift card. I'm not sure why she loves the last one, but here is a birthday "gift card" made of raw hide for the coolest dog who stole my heart 2 years ago.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BANGLE in the New Year

I might have mentioned that I can say no to buying most things for myself...except for Alex and Ani bangles. They are super cute, inspire your to be your best self, earth conscious, and made in the USA. 
It is hard NOT to love them.
Alex and Ani
So it's a New Year -- embrace charms that inspire your very best self.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Blue Professional HAIR DRYER

I am certainly not bragging, but my hair has been looking really good lately. It might be from my new Rimini iconic hair dryer.
 It has a 1500 Watt DC motor, 2 speeds, 3 heat settings (including a cool shot button), and a concentrator nozzle that makes your hair super straight if your use a round brush along with it.
 As I have been getting older (not too much older), I have realized quality is way better than quantity in beauty products so I have decided to spend a little more on super good products. 
Want to treat your hair right? Try this super fab hair dyer.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PROMPTINGS

I heard something in a lesson during church a few weeks ago and it has been on my mind so much since then. The teacher said every time we have a super spiritual experience, we will be tempted/tested before and after that event. It doesn't matter to me if you believe this is Satan, the universe, or some sort of karma, but the more I think and from recent experiences in my life, I believe this is true. It might not seem fair and can be tough, but we are stronger than we think. 

For me, I have been trying to heed good promptings instead. It might make me seem a little crazy, but if I get a feeling I should phone, text, or stop by to visit someone, I do it. I figure there must be a reason I'm having this feeling. I'll admit I try to put it off sometimes if it isn't convenient, but then that feeling comes back more intense. I might not save a person from jumping off a cliff or something super dramatic, but I just might cause a smile to cross someone's face by doing this. You know what, the experience could even just be to help me. I might not ever know, but I am thankful for the push to do good and look outside of myself. It helps me to (as the Primary song says) try to be like Jesus. I pray to have a life with no regrets and to love as much as possible.

Recently, I asked for help from someone. I think I knew what they would tell me. I just needed a reminder and more importantly, I needed to be humble enough to ask for help. That was big for me. 
I hope this post makes a little sense. I am going to end with lyrics from a John Michael Montgomery song that inspires me to just keep learning and loving this crazy life:

The longer I live the more I believe
You do have to give if you wanna receive
There's a time to listen, a time to talk
And you might have to crawl even after you walk
Had sure things blow up in my face
Seen the longshot, win the race
Been knocked down by the slamming door
Picked myself up and came back for more

Life's a dance you learn as you go
Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow
Don't worry about what you don't know
Life's a dance you learn as you go

Monday, December 29, 2014

CHICAGO - Day 3

My last touristy day in the city led me to
 a tasty snack at a Garrett Popcorn shop,
a peek of the tallest building - Sears (Willis) Tower,
 and then a bunch of fun in Millennium Park.
Check out Margaret's cool Go Pro selfies (I think I want a camera now).
 You can't leave Chicago without taking a photo with the Bean
 from every angle possible

 (you can even walk underneath it for a trip view).

 Thank you, Chicago.

And we couldn't forget a dinner with deep dish pizza.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

CHICAGO - Day 2 (really INDIANA)

Once upon a time, I had a dream of attending the University of Notre Dame. Guess what is just a short drive from Chicago...South Bend, Indiana.
In the car we went to check out the campus of the fighting Irish by visiting
the stadium,

Basilica of the Sacred Heart,



the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes,

 and the golden dome.
The campus is absolutely stunning.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

CHICAGO - Day 1

Growing up, if you had asked me if I could go anywhere in the world where would it be, I would have answered Chicago without a pause. I have since traveled to a few different cities, states, countries, and continents, but I still hadn't made it to Chicago. I had the opportunity to make a quick trip just after Christmas and I must admit it is a great city!
 So why Chicago?! 
 I wanted to go to a Cubs game,
eat a Chicago dog,
 go on the architectural tour,
and hang out with Oprah.
It's winter and cold so I had to make a few adjustments to the list. I took a photo outside of Wrigley Field (it was closed due to construction), ate a dog outside of the stadium, looked at most pretty buildings while making stops inside stores to warm up, and took a photo with Oprah's doorman. 
 After completing the list, we made a bonus stop at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
The zoo is free and completely fabulous.
The skyline is beautiful day or night.